Thanksgiving movies Popcorn Bag reviews: ‘Moana,’ ‘Allied,’ ‘Loving’ and ‘Rules Don’t Apply?’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Will you be thankful for Thanksgiving movies "Moana," "Allied," "Loving" and "Rules Don't Apply?"  FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have your answers in this week's Popcorn Bag reviews!

1) MOANA (PG)

Walt Disney

RUSS

“Moana” is throwback Disney, yet another fantastical fairy tale, but this time set in ancient Polynesia. A spunky island girl goes on an oceanic adventure with a demigod in order to return a god’s heart and save her dying homeland.

SHAWN

Yes, "Moana" is more a celebration of diversity than great animation.

RUSS

The lush computer animation and snappy music help to overcome some of the script’s formulaic elements. While second-tier Disney, “Moana” is still a likable family diversion.

SHAWN

Yes, the story is weak due those formulaic elements you just mentioned. But it is fun thanks to the music and songs and Dwayne Johnson's snappy voice work.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

2) ALLIED (Not rated)

Paramount Pictures

RUSS

In the WWII romantic drama “Allied,” Brad Pitt plays a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter, played by Marion Cotillard, who may or may not be a Nazi spy.

SHAWN

Brad Pitt really loves this era. How many World War II movies this dude gonna make? No tank and no inglorious partners in crime this time. In this episode he's in love. Too bad I didn't love this movie although I liked it a lot. Subtle. Very subtle.

RUSS

In spite of the terrific production values and top-notch stars, “Allied” is a modest WWII romantic drama that never quite generates enough heat to make it another “Casablanca.”

SHAWN

OMG! "Casablanca?" That movie was like 500 years ago. Really don't need another one. Just wish the sets didn't like the KC so fake and that there was more heat between the two leads.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

3) LOVING (PG-13)

Focus Features/Universal Pictures

RUSS

“Loving” is a low-key and very understated true story of interracial romance. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are terrific as Richard and Mildred Loving who, in 1967, sued the state of Virginia for the right to marry.

SHAWN

Important. Well made. And told with sophistication. "Loving" has an inner strength that makes it one of the best movies of the year.

RUSS

While this leisurely paced drama requires patient viewing, it slowly and effectively builds and ultimately packs a real emotional punch. Expect some loving for these actors at awards time.

SHAWN

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are fantastic. They deliver realistic performances that will stay with you.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

4) RULES DON'T APPLY (PG-13)

20th Century Fox

RUSS

In Warren Beatty’s longtime pet project “Rules Don’t Apply," he plays reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich portray an actress and driver who have a forbidden romance under the eccentric Hughes’ nose.

SHAWN

Offbeat and often misguided. At times fun and mostly confusing. Warren Beatty's over acting drive me nuts.  But loved Lily Collins.

RUSS

While it has effective moments, the overlong comedy’s choppy approach works against it.

SHAWN

I totally agree. But there are a few really great moments.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

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